Film School Rejects posted a new interview with Saoirse this week. It’s a great read with Saoirse talking about the immigrant experience and women’s roles in the industry. Read the full story below:
Tomris Laffly: Congratulations on your Best Actress Oscar nomination and the success of Brooklyn.
Saoirse Ronan: Thank you.
You’ve done the Oscar rounds before for Atonement as a very young teenager. How is your experience different now vs. then?
I think I’m aware of what goes into this whole aspect of the industry a little bit more. I wasn’t really part of it when I was a kid because I was away working in New Zealand when the nominations came out, when I was 13. I hadn’t really done anything for it. For ages I assumed, “Oh, that’s it. You just get nominated.” I guess with this, like you (because I know you’ve been very supportive of the film,) I’ve been with it from day one. I signed on a year before the film was even made so to have gone through each stage with the film up until now, it means more.
I remember my mam said it to me when I was younger that to get an Oscar when you’re too young, when you’ve only just started, it’s wonderful but what that award could represent or what a nomination could represent later on in your life is [what’s really] incredible and meaningful. We see Leo and Martin Scorsese; when they are finally recognized, that represents a body of work. So I think just because I’ve worked for over half my life at this stage, it means a lot more to me.